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I am the store's general manager and I love to read mystery/thrillers, true crime, memoirs, as well as feminist and social justice non-fiction books. I usually always have at least three books going at any given time -- one on my nightstand, an audiobook, and a library book. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood. I'm also the proud mom of three cats, Mr. Oscar Wilde, Fitzgerald, and Maya. I love chai tea lattes and listening to live music. My fiance and I love to travel; one of my goals when traveling is to visit at least one library or bookstore in the town we're visiting. I prefer mountains over the beach. 

Amanda's Reviewed Picks By Category: Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Social Issues, MemoirsPop Culture, True Crime, YA.

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His & Hers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250266071
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 28th, 2020

I loved Alice Feeney's first book, "Sometimes I Lie" so I had very high expectations going into this one. I must say she exceeded my expectations tenfold! Feeney is the master of psychological thrillers and writing unreliable narrators. I have never been fooled by one quite like this. This book sucks you in and will keep you guessing until literally the very last page. I stayed up until 2AM (which is very rare for me) reading because I HAD to know how it all ended. If you've never read one of Alice Feeney's books, you are in for a real treat! 

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Red, White, & Royal Blue is a true gem of a book; such a delight to read. It has been a while since I was so utterly taken with a contemporary love story. McQuiston's writing is funny, powerful, and she does a great job of having a diverse group of characters, including people of color, LGBTQ characters, and lots of strong women. This book is such a breath of fresh air and a getaway from the real world's toxic political climate. I can't recommend this book enough. 

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Home Before Dark: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524745172
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Published: Dutton - June 30th, 2020

Riley Sager has done it again! I've read all of his books and this is my favorite so far. If you like books within books, you are in luck! Maggie Holt has been haunted by her father's bestseller ghost story all of her life. She has no memory of living in Baneberry Hall as a little girl, but after her father passes away she inherits the property. There are lots of little details that keep the story building as it all comes together with a big twist at the end. I love Sager's writing style and his knack for steadily building suspense. His books always keep me furiously turning the pages! 

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Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982114961
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Published: Gallery Books - July 7th, 2020

If you are a fan of Cheryl Strayed's "Tiny Beautiful Things" or PostSecret, then you will love this collection.  Helena De Bala has the idea to post an ad on Craigslist promising to listen, anonymously and for free, to whatever the speaker feels they can't tell anyone else. The result is this book of 40 people's confessions, ranging in topics from drug abuse, depression, and various kinds of trauma. Craigslist Confessional challenges us to explore the depth of our empathy and reminds us that we never know what someone around us could be going through, so always be kind.

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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

This is Mira Jacob's story of growing up as a person of color in the United States, with a special focus on raising her young son in a post 9/11 New York City. Her son has a lot of questions about race and her best attempts to answer them honestly are poignant. By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it plunges fearlessly into the murky gray areas of race and family, of struggling to find common ground, of trying to talk to our children and help them make sense of it all. It's exactly the book America needs at this moment.

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Stray: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875964
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Published: Knopf - May 19th, 2020

This memoir is Stephanie Danler’s account of her past, living through parental failures, addressing issues of mental health, substance abuse, and trauma, which I found truly heartbreaking and immersive. I loved her brutal honesty, which evoked thought provoking questions within myself throughout the book. Danler viscerally strips herself bare for the reader, but then at the end something incredible happens: She doesn't tie everything up in a bow, but still ends up leaving the reader with so much hope.

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Oona Out of Order: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250236609
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 25th, 2020

Wow what a book! The perfect blend of angst, romance, and pop-culture. This is a poignant, moving, tremendously thought-provoking book that is so beautifully written. I love books about time travel, especially those which deal with the emotional aspects rather than the scientific. There were so many wondrous moments to be found here. I didn't want it to end.